On Monday, December 17th at 7:30 pm
Compared to other parts of the world, the MENA region has a low incidence of HIV / AIDS. However, new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS-related disease are increasing. Over the past two decades, new HIV infections have increased by more than a quarter in the region, according to UNAIDS.
HIV / AIDS is still considered as a taboo in some countries and misconceptions of the disease continue. Other factors that associate the problem are stigmatizing attitudes from healthcare professionals, which can discourage patients from getting life-saving treatments. According to UNAIDS, only 29 percent of HIV positive adults handle the MENA disease with antiretroviral drugs.
In this section we will be hearing from people working to deal with HIV / AIDS in the MENA region. Is reluctance to openly address the problem that affects HIV prevention and endanger life?
HIV and AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – Avert
Egyptian medical students meet to deal with stigmatization and discrimination in healthcare facilities – UNAIDS